By Don Jurries
Having a lengthy debate about the merits of reusable water bottles seems an unlikely conversation piece, but it happened last weekend. A Mexican-South African couple came to visit our country property in Australia. The wife nonchalantly plonked a beautifully designed SIGG bottle onto our counter that she’d brought on the drive down from Canberra, and the debate was on.
I have three SIGG bottles and they travel with me just about everywhere – on hikes, picnics, in the car, and even to the horse races. The essence of the debate was which merits of the SIGG bottle we thought the best.
SIGG bottles are still manufactured in Switzerland, which puts the water bottle at the premium end of the market, but ensures quality. The reusable water bottles are made from a single piece of pure aluminum to form a seamless, leak-proof product.
SIGG has also created the EcoCare liner, an ultra-thin (40 micron thick) baked-on powder, dispersed across the interior of the water bottle using an electrostatic process that adds to its durability. The lining ensures there is no metallic aftertaste and is resistant to fruit acids and isotonic drinks.
Thankfully, SIGG no longer uses Bisphenol A (BPA), a potentially toxic organic chemical compound found in some plastics and resins. SIGG claims to be an environmentally-friendly company and aims to manufacture the water bottles so they are 100% recyclable.
Our friends were indeed in favor of the taste-neutral interior coating, but were also impressed with the multitude of beautiful designs available on SIGG bottles. SIGG releases new designs every year and has several limited edition ranges. SIGG bottles are also part of the collection at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.
My argument, however, was simply its resilience. My wife bought our first SIGG bottle in Switzerland about 4 years ago. I’ve since dropped it multiple times, accidentally smashed it against rocks while climbing, and abused it while hiking. My wife was so upset with how rough I’ve been to the water bottle (pictured above) that SIGG was kind enough at the Outdoor Retailer trade show to give me an identical replacement that might get me out of the dog house.
The only downside is the lack of an extensive thermos range, though you can purchase SIGG insulating sleeves. SIGG reusable water bottles are available in over 40 countries and retail from about $18 for the 0.3 Litre (10 oz.) size up to around $30 for the 1.5L (50 oz.) bottle.